New sport comes to area

SCHROON LAKE - It's a funny name, but Dan Riggins is very serious about pickleball.

"My wife Kathy and I learned about the game while living in the Capital district," said Riggins, a Schroon Lake resident. "We also have friends in Moriah who have a court in their driveway and they invited us to play there when we retired here."

So what is pickleball?

It's a game played on a badminton-size court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles.

It even has an official, national organization - the USA Pickleball Association. It has provided players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials since 1984.

Now, pickleball even has a home locally.

"Last year I spoke to town Supervisor Cathy Moses and she and the town board graciously agreed to have lines applied to two (tennis) courts in the town park," Riggins said. "We have played with several new friends here in Schroon Lake and we are hoping to spread the word and encourage more residents in the area to come out, learn the game and teach others about Pickleball."

Equipment and knowledge are no problem. Riggins is ready and willing to help out.

"We have equipment for eight players and would like to establish specific times for folks to get together for play," he said. "At this point our primary goal would be to identify those who are interested and then set some convenient times and dates for the activity."

Interested pickleball players can contact Riggins at driggins@nycap.rr.com.

"The game is for players of all ages and abilities," Riggins said. "It is a fun way to meet new people and engage in exercise."

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